St. Augustine and Tocqueville made the same point: “Language is perhaps the strongest enduring link which unites men.”
How can an alien participate fully in American society if he does not share the language that binds citizen to citizen?
How can he/she acquire better skills, pursue higher learning or interact in the market place if he/she does not speak English?
How can he/she comprehend the founding principles and pledge allegiance to them if he/she cannot be sure of their intended meaning?
Clearly neither the alien nor civil society is the better.
John Schrand, Belleville